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  • Need's a little work, but besides is great

    posted by laimoriel on 09/24/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    - Main throw is very narrow but spill very wide, that should give it a good range, but be useful also indoors.

    - Beam is very nice, clear, without any artifacts.

    - Color temperature is similar to natural light.

    - Build quality is quite good apart from the driver pill.

    - Power consumption is average, around ~1,5 - 2A in high, 0,5 - 0,8 in low on a Duracell alkaline. Considering the brightness, power efficiency should be quite good.

    Cons:

    - Driver is very, VERY poorly assembled into the driver pill, so it's a MUST to deal with this issue if you want to use it as EDC.

    - At the slightest shake turns out - poor contact between body & driver. It can be easily fixed though.

    - LED is not perfectly centered in reflector, but this can be fixed in minutes.

    OtherThoughts:

    If you take a look at the bottom of driver pill, you'll see the driver itself is surrounded by a thin copper ring. The trick is to cover the outer driver contact with tin, so that the copper ring also gets covered. After that just level tin with some file and you're over the "bad contact" issue.

    Bottomline:

    If you have a little experience with soldering iron and can fix the bad contact issue, this is a VERY nice flashlight.

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